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This is a shot from Crater Lake National Park. This lake occupies where once a volcano existed, Mt. Mazama. But around 8,000 years ago it blew the top part of the mountain away. The island in the middle of the shot, Wizard Island, is where the cone remains. This is the deepest lake in the US (7th in the world) at almost 2,000 feet deep. The massive hole left by the explosion has filled with rainwater and snowmelt over thousands of years. There are no streams draining into it which gives the clarity and deep blue.

I called this "25 Cent View" because since 1999 the U.S. Mint has been producing special state quarters in the order they joined the Union. This is the same view found on the Oregon version of the quarter. In fact this quarter is in heavy circulation right now and isn't rare at all. If you check out the link I’ve provided you’ll see how close it is.

I did do more editing than normal on this shot. I am going to upload a workshop of the shot I was originally going to post. But I accidentally found that if you lighten the shadows a large amount, around 40% that you reveal some good color. I did absolutely no saturation boost at all. To get this like this I did the following:

I didn't mean to shoot this at ISO 400, but I did so I ran it through Noiseware just to be on the safe side even though I didn't see any noise.
Shadows/highlights tool +40 shadows
mid-tone contrast +10
contrast/brightness (minor tweaks)
auto levels
magic selection tool on the water then I ran smart blur (to reduce some choppiness in the water)
USM 0.3 pixel at 200%

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